Member of the Week: Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett

Natalie BennettNatalie Bennett is the online services librarian at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN. Natalie first joined ACRL in 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 30, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, hardworking, outgoing.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just started Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen, a gift from a dear friend. I haven’t read much yet, just waiting for a nice rainy day off to dig in.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Conversation, scholarship, opportunity.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity connect with and work with colleagues all over the country. ACRL has provided the support, technology and connections necessary to organize, host, and attend great professional development opportunities, even at a distance. I also truly value the publications coming from ACRL; I look forward to flipping through College & Research Libraries News each month for latest trends and developments in the field.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? In my role as the online services librarian, a big part of my job is to be the library’s link to the University’s online education efforts. I cultivate relationships with faculty teaching online to increase information literacy instruction in the virtual classroom. When I’m not working with online ed, I teach a lot of face-to-face library instruction classes, which is probably where I am most visible to students and faculty. I also help to connect the library with the University’s instructional design team, especially as they work to review online classes for quality assurance.

6. In your own words: As I think about why I became a librarian, I know that I made the right decision. I am a very service oriented individual, and academic librarianship gives me the opportunity to interact with folks on a customer service level. I get a lot of joy out of teaching, both in class and online. I love watching students begin to understand the concepts I’m explaining and having conversations about the process of research with them. I get a lot of gratification out of knowing that I might be helping make a difference in how people interact with information and that I might be making that interaction easier for them. I am also lucky to work in a field where I can find a variety of projects to get involved in that I’m passionate about.

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